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star this property date less than 2015-05-28more like thismore than 2015-05-28
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, since it began, how much armed forces covenant funding has been allocated to projects in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL115 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
star this property answer text <p>I refer the noble Lord to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans (Mark Lancaster), in the House of Commons on 2 June 2015 to Question number 428 from the hon. Member for St. Helens North (Conor McGinn).</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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star this property file name 20150601-40M Veterans Accommodation Fund[1].doc HL 115.doc more like this
star this property title Veterans Accomodation Fund more like this
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star this property file name 20150601-35M LIBOR Fund(2).xls HL 115.xls more like this
star this property title LIBOR FUND (Excel Spreadsheet) more like this
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less than 2015-06-08T15:20:24.913Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-08T15:20:24.913Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-25more like thismore than 2015-06-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 27 June (HL501) regarding the distribution of the armed forces covenant (Libor) fund, who selected the charities for funding; when; and on what basis. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL852 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
star this property answer text <p>In 2013, the Government made £35 million available to deliver Armed Forces Covenant commitments from fines levied on banks for the attempted manipulation of Libor. The cross-Government Covenant Reference Group, which is chaired by the Cabinet Office and includes representatives from key Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, the Service charity sector, and the three Service Families Federations, set the priorities for the fund. The first two tranches focused on mental health and support for Service families, while the third tranche was open to any project meeting the principles of the Covenant.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014, a further £40 million of Libor funds were made available specifically to support veterans with a housing need via the Veterans Accommodation Fund (VAF). The criteria and application process for both schemes were published on gov.uk.</p><p> </p><p>Both funds were administered by the Armed Forces Covenant team. Against the agreed priorities, applicants had to demonstrate evidence of need, experience of providing a service and value for money. A decision panel was convened to agree the final allocation of funding.</p><p> </p><p>The panel for the £35 million fund sat three times between 2012 and 2014 and included representatives from the Ministry of Defence Covenant and Financial Governance teams, H M Treasury, COBSEO, the three Service Families Federations, and the Welsh and Scottish Governments.</p><p> </p><p>The panel for the VAF sat on 7 July 2014 and included representatives from the Ministry of Defence Covenant and Financial Governance teams, H M Treasury, the Welsh and Scottish Governments, the Army Families Federation, The Royal British Legion and COBSEO Housing Cluster.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2015-07-06T15:18:31.52Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-06T15:18:31.52Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-07more like thismore than 2016-11-07
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant by local authorities. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3053 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-17more like thismore than 2016-11-17
star this property answer text <p>The Covenant’s principles were enshrined in law in the Armed Forces Act 2011. This Government has demonstrated its commitment to upholding these principles, which is evident in the work reported in each of the four annual reports laid in the House. We will continue to report progress to Parliament. Next month’s Annual Report will detail the considerable progress made across government and with wider public, private and third sectors, including in the key areas of education, healthcare, accommodation and access to commercial services.</p><p> </p><p>Every Local Authority in mainland Great Britain and two in Northern Ireland have signed a Community Covenant. We are working with them to help them deliver the support they have promised to the Armed Forces community, with good work in many areas including housing, education, health and social care.</p><p> </p><p>Together we have taken a number of steps forward in this area, such as allocating funding from a £20 million budget to improve childcare facilities for Service families at 40 locations in the UK and Cyprus. In order to help Service children through local schools’ admissions processes, we have changed the Schools Admission Code in England to give them priority by allowing Service families to apply for and be allocated a place before they move into an area.</p><p> </p><p>This year approximately £21 million was allocated in Service Pupil Premium payments for the pastoral needs of almost 70,000 Service pupils in state schools in England. In 2015, £6 million in grants was given to 154 applicants for Education Support Funding, to help UK state schools mitigate issues caused by exceptional mobility and deployment.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, we have worked closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government and Devolved Administrations to ensure that Service personnel do not experience any disadvantage as a result of their military service when applying for social housing.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2016-11-17T16:23:23.137Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-17T16:23:23.137Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-01-19more like thismore than 2017-01-19
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the <i>Armed forces covenant for communities</i>, published on 12 January, what action they are taking to help local authorities to adapt their policies to remove disadvantages faced by members of the armed forces community. more like this
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Lord Touhig more like this
star this property uin HL4806 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
star this property answer text <p>The conclusions and recommendations of the report “Our Community – Our Covenant” are available at the following address <a href="http://www.fim-trust.org/%20reports/" target="_blank">http://www.fim-trust.org/ reports/</a> and include practical guidance, a tool kit and a self-assessment section, which have been commended to Local Authorities across the UK.</p><p> </p><p>A cross-Government Action Plan is currently being drafted to promote and assess progress. This is being supported by Covenant Funding available to Local Authorities who wish to adopt new processes or initiatives in support of the Covenant. This includes building on existing good practice; in Warwickshire, for example, an IT training package on the Covenant and how it applies to that community is in the process of being launched.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4807 more like this
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less than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.427Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.427Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Touhig more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-01-19more like thismore than 2017-01-19
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to local authorities regarding the training required to ensure that local authority staff properly implement the policies of the <i>Armed forces covenant for communities</i>. more like this
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Lord Touhig more like this
star this property uin HL4807 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
star this property answer text <p>The conclusions and recommendations of the report “Our Community – Our Covenant” are available at the following address <a href="http://www.fim-trust.org/%20reports/" target="_blank">http://www.fim-trust.org/ reports/</a> and include practical guidance, a tool kit and a self-assessment section, which have been commended to Local Authorities across the UK.</p><p> </p><p>A cross-Government Action Plan is currently being drafted to promote and assess progress. This is being supported by Covenant Funding available to Local Authorities who wish to adopt new processes or initiatives in support of the Covenant. This includes building on existing good practice; in Warwickshire, for example, an IT training package on the Covenant and how it applies to that community is in the process of being launched.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4806 more like this
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less than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.49Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.49Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Touhig more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group met in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 199321 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>Cabinet Office records indicate that the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group met three times in each year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T16:14:34.74Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:14:34.74Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text How many organisations have signed up to the armed forces covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Thirsk and Malton more like this
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Kevin Hollinrake more like this
star this property uin 910986 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>To date over 3,600 organisations have signed the Covenant at an average rate of 30 per week, up from five per month in 2014. In addition, all Local Authorities in Great Britain and four in Northern Ireland have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant.</p><p> </p><p>Broadening support for the Covenant is a top priority for the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board and the Armed Forces Covenant annual report outlines the progress we have made.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:45:48.73Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:45:48.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kevin Hollinrake more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase uptake of armed forces community covenants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property uin 216677 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
star this property answer text <p>Every local authority in Great Britain has signed a Community Covenant. Work is now being undertaken to embed and sustain Covenant activity throughout the country to ensure that Service personnel, their families, and veterans have access to the information and support they need in their local communities.</p><p> </p><p>In Northern Ireland, good early progress is already being made with implementation of the Covenant, and we will continue to engage with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces community are met.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-12-04T16:12:27.377Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-04T16:12:27.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what resources his Department has allocated to local authorities to meet their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
star this property uin 217899 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities share in our national commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and should meet their obligations from own resources. Though we have set aside £200,000 in 2014/15 from the annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding for local authorities to fund home adaptations (eg ramps, walk-in showers, stairlifts) to meet the needs of disabled ex-Service personnel who wish to live independently in their homes.</p><p> </p><p>We have provided grants (totalling over £1 million) with MOD, to a small number of local authorities in 2011 and 2012 to support the successful integration of retired Gurkha soldiers who wished to settle in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>We have also introduced a number of measures over the last few years as a contribution towards meeting the objectives of the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that the Armed Forces Community do not face disadvantage, particularly in housing. This includes:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Improved Access to Social Housing </strong></p><p> </p><p>We have introduced protection to ensure that former and current Service personnel are not disadvantaged in accessing social housing because of the disadvantages of military life. We have made sure that seriously injured personnel and former members of the Armed Forces with urgent housing needs are always given high priority for social housing, and that serving personnel and those who have recently been discharged do not lose their qualification rights because of the requirement to move from base to base.</p><p> </p><p>We have also encouraged local authorities to in general give sympathetic consideration to the housing needs of family members of serving or former Service personnel.</p><p><br><strong>Preventing Homelessness </strong></p><p> </p><p>We have introduced measures to provide support for specialist accommodation for veterans, and work with councils to prevent homelessness. We have also introduced initiatives such as Streetlink and No Second Night Out which ensure that when veterans end up sleeping rough they are offered care and support from local services.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Access to home ownership</strong></p><p> </p><p>Members of the Armed Forces have been given priority for Government-funded shared ownership schemes and are able to access Help to Buy: equity loan scheme. The priority status can also be transferred to bereaved spouses or civil partners.</p><p> </p><p>We have also worked with MOD, credit reference agencies and Royal Mail to standardise Forces’ Post Office addresses so personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for mortgages.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T15:37:51.867Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:37:51.867Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on strengthening the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
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Mr David Ruffley more like this
star this property uin 906912 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
star this property answer text <p>In addition to what the Government has done, for example on making life long widows’ pensions, now we need to make sure there is delivery locally, which is why by this evening I will have written to all Local Authority Chief Executives and Leaders in Great Britain. Then I will write to every Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospital Trust to make sure the National Health Service delivers on the Covenant, no disadvantage and in certain circumstances priority treatment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-01-12T17:24:03.577Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T17:24:03.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Ruffley more like this